Range Rover eVTOL
Fenton Robathan, Industrial Designer
FeralGods Design Company
London, England, United Kingdom
In 2019, Fenton Robathan founded FeralGods Design Company in London which is a design, engineering and fabrication company to develop both electric ground vehicles and electric aircraft, from concept to prototype. Robathan is a 2019 Royal College of Art (London, England) Industrial Design graduate with a Master of Arts (MA) in Intelligent Mobility. While at the university, Fenton succeeded in competitions with companies including Toyota Logistics, Hankook, Nissan, IBDC, Hyundai Kia, the Royal College of Art and also had a sponsorship from Jaguar Land Rover. He is actively looking for funding and can be contacted through his business Contact web page.
Robathan has a strong interest in quiet, compact, modern, functional, visually appealing and clean battery-powered powertrains for electric vehicles due to the technological advances in electric motor technology, battery technology, solar panel technology and also due to the low cost of controllers needed for stabilized flight of electric aircraft. Robathan's goal is to help shape the future of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) as well as designing electric aircraft for other applications such as air racing, vacation and adventure trips.
The meaning behind the name, FeralGods Design Company, refers to how our ancient ancestors thought that flight could only be accomplished by the gods. Since the eVTOL industry is only in its infancy and because we don't actually know all the incredible ways eVTOL aircraft will flown by pilots or by artificial intelligence (AI), or the vast types of missions they will be used for, Robathan equates the future abilities of eVTOL aircraft and their pilots, to be similar to wild gods.
The Range Rover hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft concept was designed for use in 2035. The aircraft would be user owned and allow people to have the freedom to move farther away from the city, work from home but yet have an easy and fast method to take advantage of urban shopping and entertainment. The aircraft would also be provide a longer time for people when on local vacations (holidays) because driving on the ground takes longer than flying.
This vehicle has been designed to have a maximum of 20 components, including propellers, electric motors, batteries, controls and seating. By reducing the complexity of the aircraft, this will make manufacturing less costly, the purchase price would be less, the aircraft would be more reliable and this would also reduce future maintenance costs. In addition, this aircraft is operated with upgradeable software, allowing the manufacture to improve the aircraft over time, instead of time degrading the quality of the vehicle — such as found with vehicles with internal combustion engines.
- Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric tail-sitter VTOL aircraft
- Piloting: Autonomous
- Capacity: 2 (maybe)
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Unknown
- Propellers: 2
- Electric Motors: 2
- Power source: Hybrid-electric power source
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber
- Windows: Panoramic windows with wrap around window design allowing forward, left, right, top and down visibility, for spectacular views
- Wings: 2 wings
- Landing gear: Tail-sitter on the bottom of the fuselage